Ask a male author about your male character traits or thoughts.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Men say less and think less? June 12, 2012

June 12, 2012
Men say less and think less. What?

In the June 2012 addition of RWR (which also stands for Robert W. Richard) Nancy Gideon wrote an excellent article on POV. At one point she writes, “Men’s dialogue and thoughts are sparse, women’s descriptive and complex.”

Well I don’t know what to say or think.

I get where she’s coming from. Editors expect delivered to them this tradition. I decided to ask Einstein if he didn’t speak much or think. He wasn’t available. In a previous blog of mine I postulated (this is a rebellious blog site FYI) that when a man isn’t talking (much) he’s thinking. To be fair we all think while we talk. So I’ll grant you that women speak more. It’s a well-studied and statistical fact. In my experience, men do a whole lot of thinking. I’d hazard to guess men think as much as women (dare they). Ask me, I might not say much, but I am surely thinking about something, perhaps that Hockey final.

Don’t go changing your manuscripts. Romance is read primarily by women and your editor is the boss. On the other hand, wouldn’t your readers like to get (on) in the head of some hunk? Someday however stand up for your lettered Renaissance man.

If you’d like to see men translating their interior monologue into speech you should catch last night’s episode of The Bachelorette. It’s a classic for this purpose and if you know Emily Maynard and her six-year-old daughter, well, carry a hanky. For those romance authors who don’t like The Bachelorette or Bachelor I humbly recommend it as a treasure trove of dialogue, and interior monologue.

Finishing with a funny: Jennifer Aniston loves the Bachelor/ette but starred in a spoof of it called Burning Love.

Jennifer Aniston Makes Hilarious Appearance In ‘The Bachelor’ Spoof
Created 06/05/2012 - 6:30pm

By Radar Staff
We never thought that we would catch Jennifer Aniston on a dating show!
The former Friend, who has never been bashful about her fascination with The Bachelor, made a surprise guest appearance on the Ben Stiller produced web series Burning Love – a spoof of the popular reality show – dressing up in a bear costume and competing for the ‘final hose’ against The Hangover star Ken Jeong, Kristen Bell and Malin Akerman - and has the hilarious video.
PHOTOS: Jennifer Aniston Through The Years


  1. I'm married to a man who thinks a LOT, so I think you're right. Guys may not talk as much, but they're always thinking! :)

    Great blog Bob!

    Lisa :)

  2. El presidente,

    Thank you so much for your support.